This is the first in the Homeopathy 101 series, which will cover most of what I would cover in a workshop of homeopathy fundamentals. That includes the basics of homeopathy–how it works and how to put it to use in your life for self-care. By self-care, I mean issues that are not chronic, such as in recovery from a minor fall, a cold, an insect bite.
The story begins with Hippocrates, who came up with the Law of Similars. Then it fast-forwards many many years until about 200 years ago. Samuel Hahnemann was dissatisfied with the level of healing being achieved by the methods of medicine being employed at the time. The treatments and side-effects also were bringing misery to many a patient. Discouraged, he set about researching medicine and healing, which is how he discovered Hippocrates’ work. Hahnemann was intrigued by what is now called the Law of Similars, that “like cures like,” and hence the name, “homeopathy.”
As Mr. Hahnemann set about determining how to take substances from nature and work with them so that they would promote healing in affected patients, he discovered and refined his methods and processes, creating a healing modality that was first a gift to those in his local area and eventually to kings and queens, presidents and authors, farm workers and mothers.
All in his lifetime. What a gift. Many great contributors to art, music, and science never live to see the benefits of their work or receive public appreciation for their talents. So this was a gift to Hahnemann, and a gift to homeopathy because it gave Hahnemann many years in which he refined homeopathy, proved numerous remedies, taught many practitioners, inspired numerous others, and cured countless grateful living things.
Next up: How Homeopathic Remedies Are Made.
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